What the Knowle West regeneration project is, what we're working on now, what've done already, have your say in the new developments.
What the Knowle West regeneration project is
The Knowle West regeneration project aims to transform Knowle West, to better meet the needs of the city and the local community.
Knowle West is in the south of Bristol, around 2 miles from the city centre. The area sits within the Knowle and Filwood wards.
Knowle West Regeneration Framework
The Knowle West Regeneration Framework is a 20-year plan for meeting community aspirations for the area. Following public consultation, the plan was approved by Cabinet and published in October 2012. Its development was overseen by the Knowle West Project Board, which included residents and ward councillors.
pdf Knowle West Regeneration Framework baseline briefing (14.67 MB)
pdf Knowle West Regeneration Framework investment principles (559 KB)
What the regeneration project involves
The Knowle West regeneration involves:
- building new housing
- improving the local high street and public spaces
- creating a new Multi-Use Games Area that the community can use for various types of sports games, such as football, basketball or tennis
- opening and expanding schools
- constructing a new youth zone
- improving local public transport
- establishing Knowle West as a new home for green businesses in Bristol
Our vision for developing Knowle West
A 20-year pdf community vision for Knowle West (pdf, 713 KB) (713 KB) was agreed following public consultation in 2009.
The vision is for Knowle West to be a community that is:
- full of confidence and pride
- skilled and healthy
- more eco-friendly, well connected, and low in living costs
To help achieve the community vision, 13 main improvements were identified:
- raise income through employment
- improve health and wellbeing
- widen local choice of housing size
- refurbish existing houses, for example:
- improve front gardens, streets and parks
- encourage Do It Yourself streets improvement programmes
- opening and expanding primary and secondary schools in the area
- reinforce a close-knit neighbourhood, for example by:
- creating a network of centres for health, shops, leisure, training, business
- providing spaces for neighbourhood events
- access to ecologically rich open space
- pride of place
- build a strong future-proof community able to cope with climate change, shortage of energy supply and economic recession, by supporting:
- low carbon living
- local food production
- improve access to low-cost transport
- public and community initiatives in advance of private investment, including:
- establishing a community trust to deliver local projects
- local priorities for section 106 money from developers (money that developers have to give as part of getting planning permission)
- improve arts and culture
- develop play and youth facilities by planning with young people
Have your say in the Knowle West regeneration project
We work with the community group the Knowle West Alliance. Alongside former community group Knowle West Future, they've developed a Pre Planning Protocol for Community Involvement.
The protocol sets a process for developers to follow, to make sure the community have meaningful input on proposals early on.
If you're a local resident interested in planning and new developments, you can contact or ask to join one of these groups. We work with them on new proposals and provide quarterly updates on regeneration projects in Knowle West.
Knowle West regeneration completed projects
Projects that have been completed since the adoption of the Knowle West Regeneration Framework in 2012 are:
- Hartcliffe Way Reuse and Recycling Centre
- Knowle Academy Sixth Form expansion
- Metro Bus m1 route
- Filwood Green Business Park
- Oasis Academy Marksbury Road
- Inns Court Park and Playground and Newquay Road Playground
- 15 affordable homes at The Bridleway and 28 affordable homes on Kenmare Road built by Curo
- Knowle West Children's Centre
- The Inns Court Community & Family Centre
- Eagle House Pop-Up Furniture Factory
- 71 affordable homes built on Torpoint Road.